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Mill Fire

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117

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The Mill Fire was reported at 5:36 a.m. on July 30, 2019, on Mill Creek, off of the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and north-west of the Ventana Wilderness. It was held at approximately 310 acres and fully contained as of August 12 at 6 pm.

A Forest Closure Order issued for the Nacimiento Ferguson Road from Highway 1 to the Forest Boundary at Fort Hunter Liggett; the Kirk Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Cone Peak Road; and the Mill Creek Trail at the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to South Coast Ridge Road has been lifted. Cone Peak Road from the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to Cone Peak and South Coast Ridge Road from the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to Chalk Peak remains closed.

There is currently one engine crew assigned to the fire.

Evacuations: There are currently no evacuations orders in effect for the Mill Fire. However, California’s wildfire season is just beginning. Please visit to learn preparedness information that will help you if a fire starts near your home, business, or vacation spot.

Current Fire Restrictions: The Los Padres National Forest currently does not allow open fires, campfires or charcoal fires outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Additional Details are available on the Alerts and Notices page of the Los Padres National Forest Website.

Aviation and Drone Restrictions: The FAA has issued Temporary Flight Restrictions over the Mill Fire Area; Hobby Drone are subject to the same restrictions. Watch a quick Public Service Announcement on Drone Safety.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 30th, 2019 approx. 05:30 AM
LocationNorthwest of Ventana Wilderness off of Nacimiento Ferguson Road
Incident CommanderNick Valentine
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates36.009 latitude, -121.467 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size310 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 12th, 2019 approx. 11:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, timber and tall grass

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering observed.


Planned Actions

Increase containment and keep the fire from crossing Nacimiento Ferguson Road to the south into the Ventana Wilderness and from getting into Mill and Kirk Creek drainages and north of Cone Peak.

Projected Incident Activity

One engine crew will be used today on the few remaining hot spots within the containment line. Full containment was reached August 12 at 6 pm.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Typical weather patterns along the Big Sur Coast line is to have a marine layer between 1000 to 1500 feet. Land above that elevation has no humidity recovery or influence from the marine layer, which increases fire behavior. High pressure continues to establish today with expected increase in temperatures and decrease of relative humidities.

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